Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Recipe with Pork, Beef & Lamb (Poultry-Free)

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  • Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Recipe with Pork, Beef & Lamb (Poultry-Free)
  • Published on: May 10, 2015
  • Last modified: May 11, 2015
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Review Summary:

There are various sources of meat protein sources that are a blend between meal and straight named, which is very good for supplying essential amino acids that a dog needs. Do note the straight named meats are significantly lower in the ingredient list. There are a few carb heavy oriented ingredients near the top of the ingredient list, such as potatoes and peas. The rest of the ingredient list looks mediocre with nothing stellar or bad to report. On the nutritional label, it only reports a minimal amount of information and nothing about vitamin, mineral, and healthy fatty acid content, which would be helpful. Overall, this recipe is just above average.

Pros

  • Contains multiple good straight meat sources
  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Cons

  • Minimal nutritional information on vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    26% (min) 13% (min) 3.5% (max) 11% (max) 38% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 348 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Calcium NA
    Phosphorus NA
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Pork Meal
    2. Dried Potatoes
    3. Peas
    4. Sweet Potatoes
    5. Pork Fat

    Pork meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein with the essential amino acids that a dog needs for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Dried potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it offers a good source of fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium.

    Peas are a good source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.

    Sweet potatoes contains an abundant amount of vitamin A and beta–carotene, which are important for the eyes / vision. It is also a good source of fiber and be aware that it does offer carbohydrates, since it is a starchy food type.

    Pork fat is a good for dogs in the right amount, since dogs can effectively metabolize fat and use it for various body system functions, including for energy.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. It can also improve or be a stimulant to the circulatory system. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    All Ingredients

    Pork Meal, Dried Potatoes, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Pork Flavor, Pork, Beef, Lamb, Yeast Culture, Organic Alfalfa Meal, Salt, Salmon Oil, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamin Mononitrate), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite), Dried Blueberries, Choline Chloride, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Merrick Pet Care Inc.
    Location(s): USA

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture or parent from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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